Saturday, April 14, 2018

Package Holidays VS Booking Flights + Hotel separately - What's better?





Hey guys,

As the summer months are nearly here and people are eagerly going on lastminute.com to book their holidays the same questions always arise - go for an all inclusive package or book the flights and hotels separately?
When I first started travelling I used packages and I would do this until you are confident enough to travel without having everything pre-organised for you. 

Okay to get the biggest question out of the way - Which one is cheaper? That really depends on yourself. Overall booking separately works out cheaper however, if not done correctly you can make it cost a significantly higher amount than package deals. Booking separately can be a tedious process but if you have the time and know how to book flights and hotels separately correctly then it can save you a lot of money! As there are a lot of things to consider when booking separately I will be writing another post in full detail on how to book flights and hotels separately to make it fit your budget.

Package Deals
There are various different types of package deals. When booking package deals the main things to consider are:
What do you want the package to be inclusive of?
Flight + Hotel
Flight + Hotel + Airport Transfer
or
Flight + Hotel + Airport Transfer + Activities 


Hotel Board Type
Then the Hotel can offer Full Board, Half Board or Bed and Breakfast

Location of your Hotel
This is especially important when booking island holidays. It is easy to forget that even if a small island the location of your hotel can still be far enough to make a big enough difference about the kind of experience you will get. I will be going into more detail about this in my next few posts about booking package holidays.

Luxury or budget holiday?
Don't be fooled into thinking that booking a package holiday automatically means that you will get the most luxurious and best hotels. There are many many 1* and 2* part hotels which are very different to the 4* or 5* hotels. This also means that package holidays aren't just for people with a bigger budget looking for a luxury holiday. Budget trips can be found on package deals!

So as you can see even when booking package holidays there are things to be looked out for because if you don't you will most likely not have the kind of experience you expect.

In summary
Reasons to book a package deal:
Easier to book
You have limited time
You haven't been on many travel trips before and aren't comfortable yet to sort all things separately
Downside - more expensive

Reasons to book separately:
It's cheaper if done correctly
You have more flexibility with the type of accommodation you book
Downside - a lot more things could possibly go wrong if you aren't sure on the factors to consider

I'll be back with more detailed posts on these but if you are still a little confused let me know via email undercovermathu@gmail.com and I shall make a post answering your questions!


Hope this helps guys!

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